Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) and Railway Heritage Gallery Tour

Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (CST) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, India. This historic railway station is one of the busiest in India. Built in 1887 this gothic structure is the most photographed monument in India after the Taj Mahal. Originally it was called Victoria Terminus and was intended to house the main station and the administrative offices of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway the predecessor of Indian Railway. In March 1996 its name was changed to Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus and known simply as CST. The CST has 18 platforms out of which 7 are reserved for local suburban trains and 11 are for long distance out-station trains.

Very few people are aware of the the existence of a Railway Heritage Gallery in the CST building which has a nice collection of old engines and other artefacts used by the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. This gallery is functional since December 2012 and is open to the public along with a guided tour of the heritage CST building. The areas covered in the tour are:

a) Heritage Gallery at Ground Floor
b) Dining Hall at Ground Floor
c) Central Dome View from Ground Floor
d) Star Chamber view from Ground Floor
e) Heritage Lounge at Second Floor
f) Four-Court at Ground Floor

The tour also includes tea and biscuits in the Heritage Lounge at second floor.

Heritage Tour Timings: 3PM to 5PM on Week days only.
Price: Rs. 200/- per Person & Rs. 100/- per Student

Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) - Front view
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) – Front view
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) - Front view
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) – Front view
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) - Front view
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) – Front view
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) - View of the central dome
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) – View of the central dome
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) - View of the central dome
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) – View of the central dome
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) - View of the central dome
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) – View of the central dome
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) - The Heritage Gallery
Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) – The Heritage Gallery
Exhibits in the corridor
Exhibits in the corridor
The corridor
The corridor
Exhibits in the corridor
Exhibits in the corridor
One of the doors
One of the doors
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery

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Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery - a model of the CST building
Exhibits from the heritage gallery – a model of the CST building
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
Exhibits from the heritage gallery
The stained glass door
The stained glass door
The main door of the building
The main door of the building
At the entrance
At the entrance
The central dome from inside
The central dome from inside
The staircase
The staircase
One of the doors
One of the doors
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
The staircase
The staircase
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view of the central dome
Interior view of the central dome
Interior view of the central dome
Interior view of the central dome
Interior view
Interior view
View from the second floor corridor
View from the second floor corridor
The spiral staircase which leads to the top floor which is not opened for visitors
The spiral staircase which leads to the top floor which is not opened for visitors
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
Interior view
View of the second floor corridor
View of the second floor corridor
Interior view
Interior view
Second floor corridor
Second floor corridor
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
The heritage lounge at second floor, where visitors are served tea
The heritage lounge at second floor, where visitors are served tea
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
View of the star chamber from first floor
View of the star chamber from first floor
View of the star chamber from first floor
View of the star chamber from first floor
View of the star chamber from first floor
View of the star chamber from first floor
View of the star chamber from first floor
View of the star chamber from first floor
Closer view of the central dome from the first floor balcony
Closer view of the central dome from the first floor balcony
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
View of the BMC building (another heritage structure) from the first floor balcony
View of the BMC building (another heritage structure) from the first floor balcony
An ornamental window
An ornamental window
Closer view of the structure
Closer view of the structure
Details
Details
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The dining hall at ground floor
The main entrance
The main entrance
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
The main entrance view
The main entrance view
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court
View from the fore-court

Just below the clock was a statue of Queen Victoria which was damaged by a lightning many decades ago and was never replaced.

The visitors pass
The visitors pass
From the forecourt
From the forecourt
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